How to Make Animated Videos with Keynote Quickly and Easily
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How to Make Animated Videos with Keynote Quickly and Easily

Learn how to use Keynote as an animation tool and make awesome videos. No previous skills or experience necessary!
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4.4 (45 ratings)
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133 students enrolled
Created by Logan Nickleson
Last updated 6/2020
English
Price: $29.99
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Setting up and using Keynote as a video and animation tool
  • Animating objects, text, transitions, and more
  • Designing custom characters and objects
  • Creating transparent overlay graphics (such as lower thirds)
  • Adding music, sound effects, and voiceovers
  • Resizing videos for Facebook Stories, Instagram, and other social channels
Requirements
  • An Apple Mac computer (e.g., iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air)
  • The latest version of Keynote (likely installed already, but if not, you can download for free from the app store)
Description

Most video animation software comes with high costs and steep learning curves. And though there are many online animation tools trying to solve this problem, they require an internet connection and recurring payments.

If you own a Mac, however, Keynote is easy to use and free.

You might know Keynote as a presentation tool. But in reality, it's so much more — it comes with 30+ animation effects, more than 700 customizable shapes, and many other useful features for making videos.

In this course, you’ll discover the settings and techniques you need to unlock Keynote's potential as a robust animation tool. By the end, you'll be able to produce custom animated videos quickly and easily.


What do I get with this course?

  • 90+ minutes of on-demand training videos

  • 4 follow-along exercises with project files

  • 5 popular royalty-free songs from Music for Makers ($125 value)

  • Custom illustrated character made and editable in Keynote

  • 17 blank social media templates set to best practice dimension ratios


How can I apply what I learn in this course?

Using techniques taught in this course, you'll be able to use Keynote to quickly make:

  • Explainer videos

  • Promotional videos for social media

  • Animated intros and transitions for videos

  • Kinetic typography animations

  • Overlay motion graphics (e.g., lower thirds)

... and more!


What if I'm not an artist or technically inclined?

The great thing about Keynote is that it makes animation accessible to everyone. Regardless of your experience or skill level, you'll be able to create animated videos you're proud of after taking this course.


How can I be sure I'm getting the latest, greatest information?

I update this course at least once a year — or more frequently depending on changes to Keynote or student feedback. For example, after several student comments about pacing, I went back and slowed down several of the lessons :)

Who this course is for:
  • Marketers
  • Social media content creators
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Anyone wanting to make animated videos — no experience necessary!
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 01:34:09
+ Introduction and Setup
4 lectures 11:06

Pro tip: Did you know you can change the playback speed of these videos? If you'd like to watch at a slower pace, click the "1x" button in the bottom left of the video player and select "0.5x speed."

Preview 05:26
+ Working with Shapes and Media in Keynote
2 lectures 06:43
Creating Custom Characters and Objects
05:11

Note: At this time, there's not an easy way to import and edit SVGs within Keynote. However, it is possible if you have Powerpoint. Check out the resources section for tips on that.

Importing and Editing Images and Videos
01:32
+ Creating Animated Objects and Scenes
4 lectures 10:05

Note: If the "Apply motion blur" setting is greyed out, it might mean your graphics card isn't powerful enough. But don't fret — motion blur is a very subtle effect. So, your animations will still look good without it.

Applying and Ordering Animated Effects
03:25

Note: If your animations don't seem to be playing correctly when previewing from the Build Order menu, select "Play Slideshow" from the "Play" menu in the top navigation bar (or press command + option + p) for a more accurate preview.

Making Animations Dynamic with Motion Paths
03:04

Update: In this video, I mention and use the "Typewriter" text animation. However, it appears Apple has removed that animation in the latest version of Keynote (10.0). You can get a similar effect with the "Keyboard" option.

Animating Text
01:04
Automating Animations with Magic Move
02:32
+ Animation Exercises: Apply What You've Learned
4 lectures 55:52

Update: In this video, I use the "Typewriter" text animation. However, it appears Apple has removed that animation in the latest version of Keynote (10.0). You can get a similar effect with the "Keyboard" option.

Start an Explainer Video (Exercise)
31:51
Create an Animated Logo Intro (Exercise)
13:04
Build a Transparent Lower Third Animation (Exercise)
05:23
Make an Overlay Graphic (Exercise)
05:34
+ Final Touches: Audio, Exporting, and Advanced Editing
4 lectures 10:23
Adding Sound Effects, Music, and Voiceovers
03:12
Exporting Your Keynote Project as a Video File
01:28
Editing Your Video in iMovie
05:14

Thanks so much for taking my course! I hope you're excited by what you've learned. For more Mac tutorials, check out the links in the resources section.

Thanks, and So Long
00:29